What Do Tarantulas Eat?

Tarantulas, known for their impressive size, are found in various parts of the world and have diverse feeding habits. In this article, we will delve into the diet of tarantulas, exploring the range of prey items they consume to meet their nutritional needs.

Generally, tarantulas primarily feed on insects and other arachnids. They are known to consume a wide array of small arthropods, including crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, ants, moths, flies, cockroaches, scorpions, solifuges (camel spiders), harvestmen, etc. Larger species have been documented to consume small vertebrates like small lizards, frogs, geckos, snakes, and even rodents. However, it’s important to note that the majority of tarantulas do not regularly feed on vertebrates.

Tarantulas are versatile predators with a diverse diet. In captivity, its encouraged to provide tarantulas with a diet that closely mimics their natural feeding habits in captivity to ensure their health and well-being.


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